Purchasing local GSM SIM cards in various locations

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  1. keepinitsimple
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    I will be travelling to Hong Kong, US and Paris on vacation. Would anybody have info on whether it is possible to easily purchase pre-paid local SIM cards (GSM not CDMA) at these places? Will save quite a bit on roaming fees.

    If the pre-paid plan has data in addition to voice, that is a bonus. Also will they have the mini-SIM for the iphone4?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I'll be in Cannes in may and trying to figure out best way to deal with calls on my iPhone. Right now im just planning to use my skype and wifi
     
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    I was in Paris last month and was able to easily purchase a data SIM for my MiFi at the Orange store on Place de la Madeleine.
     
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    Hongkong is easy... go to 7-11 in the airport on the 1st floor and buy a card there. I got service from "3" and was happy.

    In the US, depending on what city you are in, your choice is AT&T or T-mobile. Neither has any strong advantages. AT&T stores are everywhere. Also, Amazon.com has the sim chips.

    I'd recommend either buying a microsim cutter or alternatively checking an exact-o-knife in your luggage to trim the card. Here's a youtube video on how to cut it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B0G_qjebJY . Also, google "microsim template pdf" and you can get one to print out and bring with you.
     
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    Thanks. That was helpful!
     

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